Syntax and Details
TOPPERCENT(set_expression, percentage, ordering_expression)
percentage is a numeric literal that is less than or equal to 100. That is, 15 represents 15 percent.
The function uses this argument to determine the cutoff point for elements to return in the subset.
There is usually a member that straddles the cutoff point; this member is assigned to the upper set, rather than the lower set. As a result, in the returned subset, the cumulative total for ordering_expression could be greater than percentage, as a percentage of the entire set.
ordering_expression is a numeric-valued expression that determines the order of the set elements.
The function evaluates this expression for each element of the set and sorts the elements of the set in descending order according to this value. Any hierarchies are ignored.
First consider the following query and the results it returns:
SELECT MEASURES.[%COUNT] ON 0, TOPPERCENT(birthd.decade.MEMBERS, 100, MEASURES.[%COUNT]) ON 1 FROM patients Patient Count 1 2000s 157 2 1980s 155 3 1990s 144 4 1960s 136 5 1970s 128 6 1950s 107 7 1930s 56 8 1940s 54 9 2010s 44 10 1920s 13 11 1910s 6
Because percentage is 100, all members are returned.
Now consider a variation of the preceding, in which percentage is 50, so that we see the top 50 percent:
SELECT MEASURES.[%COUNT] ON 0, TOPPERCENT(birthd.decade.MEMBERS, 50, MEASURES.[%COUNT]) ON 1 FROM patients Patient Count 1 2000s 157 2 1980s 155 3 1990s 144 4 1960s 136
The total for the %COUNT measure for these members is a little more than 50% of the total. (If the 1960s were omitted, the total count would be less than 50%.)